INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The next phase of recovery for one of the 17-year-olds injured in a parasailing accident will continue at Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana.
Alexis Fairchild's father and doctors say she is in good spirits but didn't get much sleep Thursday night after a 12-hour drive from Florida.
Dr. Lisa Lombard, medical director at RHI, is also leading the team caring for Alexis Fairchild.
Lombard says Alexis is getting the most intense rehabilitation at the facility. Treatment will include physical therapy, neuropsychology treatment, occupational therapy and speech therapy.
In 2012, RHI treated 264 brain injury patients.
"I think she is very lucky given what has happened to her Lombard said. "That was a devastating injury, I saw the video myself online. To fly into a building and have the fall that she had, she is very lucky."
Alexis's parents say they will be at her side during every step of the teen's recovery. That road is going to be a long one but she is already making great strides.
"I feel blessed. The doctors can't believe she was up walking as fast as she was," Mike Fairchild said Friday. "Lex still has a lot of pain."
Unlike most traumatic brain injury patients, Alexis remembers the accident.
"She hasn't talked a lot about it. It scares her a lot," Mike Fairchild said.
The Fairchild family says they appreciate the outpouring of community support.
"We still need prayers," Mike Fairchild said. "(Alexis) likes to make people laugh. She can't wait to get back home and be with her friends."
Alexis was one of two teens from the Huntington area injured while parasailing in Panama City, Fla. The parasail broke loose from the boat, causing the two girls to go careening into a condo balcony and, eventually, a parked SUV.
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